posted on Apr, 20 2016 @ 09:55 PM
No, not a real bar-fight type thing (been in too many of those myself), but a tough day at work where it seemed all the odds were against you and you
just had to "fight" to make it to the end of the day? Where, no matter what you did, it seemed like "they" were coming at you from all
directions? Where, no matter what you did, it just seemed like you couldn't win??? And where, when you came home, you felt like you were in a
bar-fight all day long (with a City BUS!)?? Ever have one of those days?
I've always said days like that draw upon the "long muscles" in your body, the muscles which make you stand back up after you get knocked down...no
matter what. It's about "character" and "moxy", it is the fabric of the being.
A hockey player may get knocked down 20 times a game, but gets up skating. A lineman gets knocked down every play, but gets back up for the next
play. (I played both, but this isn't about me). When you grow up, getting knocked down becomes harder, especially professionally. It's harder to
get up and skate again, like nothing happened. There was a time when you could pull the grass from your helmet, or shake off the shock of the impact
on the ice, but we were young then; It didn't hurt as much. You got up and played for the goal.
The rules we all played by in those days were "fair" for the most part. And then there's this sudden realization you just got hip-checked by your
own teammate, who didn't really care about the goal, but his own preservation. The sudden realization you just got a chop-block from a guy who just
didn't care about anything more than him/(her) self. It make getting up a little harder...I don't care who you are.
So, have you ever been in a true fist fight? Sometimes when the gloves come off, it's not what you expect. It takes a different kind of "long
muscle" to fight then, and the stakes are far higher...they're everything; family, honor, future. No longer is it just skating backwards into the
boards to catch a breath, shake it off and get back in the game. No, this is a different mental fortitude, and every fiber of your being is alive.
You can win, you can lose, or you can just be lost in the noise of mediocrity and middle of the road.
Sometimes you have to reach down deep and find that same 'player' who got up and got back into the game, no matter what; it's a different game, but
the rules haven't changed all that much.
It's still about being able to get back up again...no matter how hard.